Diploma of special effects makeup


Course Hours

  • 9am – 4pm
  • Monday – Friday
  • 10 Weeks Intensive
  • 3 courses per year

Start Dates

  • Monday - 30 April 2018
  • Monday - 23 July 2018
  • Monday - 15 October 2018

Course Costs

  • $6,300 NZ dollars – Total payment

Please talk to us about flexible payment plans.

Course Outline

Module One


Week One

  • Orientation
  • Health & Safety, hygiene, kit care, professional ethics & theory on skin
  • Introduction to Basic Special effects
  • Creating characters using week one techniques- Assessments

Week Two

  • Basic stage makeup
  • Basic corrective TV makeup
  • Ageing for stage
  • Ageing for TV/Film
  • Applying a TV and Stage makeup- Assessments

Week Three

  • Create a bald cap
  • laying on facial hair
  • Create bald cap character and applying facial hair character- Assessments

Module Two


Week Four

  • Eyebrow blocking, Drag Queen makeup
  • Camouflage makeup using Derma Cover
  • Airbrush, techniques and application

Week Five

  • Life casting
  • Cast a nose
  • Create a character using a nose prosthetic piece

Week Six

  • Life Casting
  • Cast a full face
  • Create a full face character using prosthetic pieces- Assessment

Week Seven

  • Body Painting
  • Location character photo shoot

Module Three


Week eight

  • Lacing facial hair
  • Make a moustache
  • Make and apply a lace moustache-Assessment

Week nine

  • Lace fronted wigs
  • How to block
  • Setting a wig
  • Preparing models for wigs
  • Blocking and Setting a lace front wig for a character- Assessment

Week ten

  • Finish Assessments or free time to create more characters for portfolio

About the diploma


Our Tutors will expose students to meticulous skills in both technical and creative aspects.

The Diploma students only need to bring themselves and an enthusiasm to learn, as KSFX provides an excellent professional make-up kit supplied by Minifies, that has everything needed to get students started.

KSFX also has a range of Kryolan and M.A.C Pro products at the school for the students use. 

The Diploma Course is unique as it is fast pace, concentrating on Special FX (cuts, bruises), airbrushing, prosthetics, and working with facial hair and wigs. KSFX also concentrates on television make up.

Classes will run throughout the year and are deliberately kept small to maximise the learning potential and outcome of students. 

Limiting the numbers to 10 students per course to ensure there is plenty of one-on-one focus from the tutor to student.

The school provides a professionally set up photographic room so that you can document your work and see how it translates on film.  A resource room will be available to do research and help expand the knowledge of the students and for them to get inspiration.

On completion of the course every student receives an industry recognised Special FX Diploma certificate, and depending on their level of ability, can be awarded varying levels of distinction.

This is an intensive course providing future make-up artists with specific training to get ahead in their career in the special effects industry.